Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Biological Data Sciences/Bioinformatics

University of Copenhagen


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Biological Data Sciences/Bioinformatics

Department of Biology 

Faculty of Science 

University of Copenhagen 



The Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Biological Data Sciences/Bioinformatics. The position is to be filled by 1 March 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation. 


The Department of Biology is among the largest Departments of the University of Copenhagen. It employs about 475 academic and technical staff and hosts research programmes and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. University rankings typically place the field of Biology at the University of Copenhagen first in Denmark and among the top 30 universities internationally. In addition to a PhD-programme, three BSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine) and four MSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, bioinformatics) engage close to 2000 students. 


The new position tenure-track assistant professorship will be embedded in the Section for Computational and RNA Biology. The Section's research spans the DNA, RNA and protein worlds and covers the methodological spectrum from wet-lab molecular biology to advanced computational model building and statistical inference. 


The Section has state-of-the-art wet-lab and computational facilities embedded in a cross-disciplinary research environment. Section staff currently includes three professors, five associate professors, three laboratory technicians, and more than 40 post docs and PhD students that enjoy an informal, trusting and collaborative working atmosphere. The Section is supported by substantial external funding. 


Description of the position 

The appointee is expected to establish an externally funded and independent research group in biological data sciences to strengthen analysis and machine learning of biological and life science big data. She/he is expected to integrate with and strengthen our research environment of high-quality bioinformatics research. Complementarity with regard to the current research focus of the section is essential as is an interest in establishing interdisciplinary collaboration with the other sections at the department. In addition to research, duties also include teaching and supervision of students at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD-levels, with prime course assignments within the Bioinformatics Master's degree programme. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties requested by the Department such as e.g. research dissemination of scientific results or participation in local committees. 



Applicants should have a scientific background within bioinformatics/computational biology. The position requires an increasing publication trajectory in high-level, international, peer-reviewed ISI journals as well as some personal research grants or a designated (by name) part of major grants. Research plans and publication record should delineate a clear potential for attracting external funding and the development of a research group integrated in, and complimenting, current research.  An active network of international collaborations will be considered an important asset. The tenure-track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have high potential to make a future scientific impact at the international level. Documented university level experience in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching is not mandatory but will be an advantage. If not already holding formal pedagogical qualifications, candidates are required to obtain pedagogical training equivalent to the University of Copenhagen Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme for Assistant Professors.  


For further information regarding qualification requirements, please refer to the criteria for the hiring and promotion of permanent academic staff at Department of Biology at http://www2.bio.ku.dk/docs/BIO-criteria-for-positions.pdf. 


Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, scientific profile in relation to ongoing research at the section, as well as documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered. 


Terms of employment 

The position is open from 1 March 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 


The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State 


The starting salary is currently up to DKK 419.771 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 71.780). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 


The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 


The tenure-track programme 

An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professor with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures. 


Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.  


Criteria for promotion 

  • After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the following criteria: 

  • A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications in high-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period 

  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications 

  • A significant track record of successful external research funding 

  • Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major      contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an  ability to collaborate within the research group  

  • Completed https://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/ and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and     development of departmental courses 

  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students 

Further information 

Please find further information on the Department at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/departments/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Professor Niels Kroer, email: nk@bio.ku.dk or Head of Section, Professor Albin Sandelin (albin@bio.ku.dk).  


Filing of application 

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. Please include the following documentation: 


Curriculum vitae including: 

  • Please describe and document international network and relations  

  • Please describe and document internationally based activities 

  • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark 

  • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media 

  • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants. 

  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  

  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans  

  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document: 

  • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students 

  • Teaching experience 

  • Formal pedagogical training 

  • Complete publication list 

  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers 


Deadline for applications is 17.10.2018 23:59 GMT +1. After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.  


You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/. Selected qualified candidates will be invited to visit the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, to meet with the faculty and the Head of Department, and to give a research presentation. The visits are expected to take place during weeks 8 - 10 


Interviews/trial lecture will be held on 20.02.2018 


Please refer to the following no. in future communications: 211-0001 2N Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Biological Data Sciences/Bioinformatics

In your application, please refer to Professorpositions.com


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